After Jury Trial, Former Congressional Staffer Found Guilty on Federal Bribery and Extortion Charges for Taking $5,000 from Compton Marijuana Dispensary

Small businesses need to watch out for people who ask for donations or funds to make their compliance issues go away. A recent case ended up in criminal charges and a three-day trial that ended last week in a conviction.On March 2, 2018, Michael Kimbrew, a former staffer for Janice Hahn, a Member of the United States Congress, was found guilty by a jury of bribery and attempted extortion after demanding and accepting $5,000 to prevent the closure of a now-defunct marijuana dispensary (Green Legends) on Long Beach Boulevard in the City of Compton in March through May 2015.During the trial in United States District Court, the government prosecutors contended that Mr. Kimbrew attempted to extort a marijuana dispensary in Compton, threatening to shut down the shop if the owners did not pay him a $5,000 bribe. In exchange for the funds or "donation," Kimbrew allegedly also promised to help the shop obtain a lucrative permit to continue…

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